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Get exploring with a car hire from Rockhampton Airport

This beautiful central Queensland city lies 40 minutes’ drive inland from the coast, offering a fantastic mix of riverbank scenery, forests, mountains, and beaches within easy reach. It’s often affectionately referred to as “Rocky”, and boasts stately streets lined with trees and Victorian buildings. There’s plenty to see and do here, and with a rental car from Rockhampton Airport, you can easily venture out to discover more of Queensland. The central location of the city makes it a great starting point for a road trip. Sunny cities, casual coastal towns, and natural playgrounds like the Whitsundays and Daintree Rainforest are all easy to reach with your own set of wheels.

Rockhampton Airport car hire locations

The rental car suppliers at Rockhampton Airport, including Avis, Budget and Europcar are located on-airport, next to the cafe inside the terminal building on Canoona Road.

All you need to know for your Rockhampton rental adventure 

Guide to Rockhampton Airport

Rockhampton Airport (IATA: ROK) is a regional airport primarily offering flights to other Queensland airports. It features a single terminal and hosts a Royal Flying Doctor Service base.

The terminal building houses a cafe with an array of food and beverages to keep travellers fed and refreshed. Free WiFi is available throughout and there is also a charging area, a post box, parent’s room, and vending machines. Premium, long-term, and covered parking is available. There is a bus service to various locations in the city; car rental counters can be found next to the cafe.

Tall trees in Rockhampton botanical gardens.

A guide to driving in Rockhampton

A safe road trip is a good road trip. With some knowledge of your local road rules and customs, you’ll be set for an adventure that’s memorable in all the right ways.

Buildings reflecting on Fitzroy river. Before you fly into the city, do your homework! We’ve started you off with some tips and tricks for driving a rental car in Rockhampton and beyond.

  • Always drive on the left! This can take a little getting used to for some international visitors—if that’s you, set aside the time to acclimatise.
  • All distances are posted in kilometres and speeds in kilometres per hour. There are two default speed limits in Queensland: 50 kilometres per hour in built-up areas and 100 kph on rural or open roads or highways. These vary, so always keep a close eye on the posted signs.
  • You don’t have to venture far from Rockhampton to find yourself in the Outback. If you are driving your car hire in this beautiful and remote area, be sure to stay stocked with food and water in case of a breakdown or getting temporarily lost or stranded.
  • Northern Queensland has a unique feature: narrow-gauge “cane trains” which run during the crushing season from June to November. These involve many road crossings—most are marked but have no barriers, so always keep an eye out for the trains if you head north.
  • The blood alcohol concentration limit for fully licenced drivers in Queensland is 0.05%.

What to do and see with your Rockhampton airport car hire

Having a rental car makes it possible to explore the city thoroughly at your own pace. And once you’ve seen it all, you can head out on the highways to discover more of Queensland. There are some fantastic places to include in a wider road trip itinerary: Brisbane, Proserpine and the Whitsundays, Mackay, and Townsville to name just a few popular options.

If you’re sticking closer to Rockhampton or need some ideas for things to do in the area, keep reading. We’ve put together a list of a few great destinations in the city or within a few hours’ drive to serve as a starting point for your own travel planning.

Rockhampton Zoo

An Ibis at Rockhampton zoo. If Australian wildlife is on your list of must-sees, head to this fantastic zoo which is compact but also complimentary—there’s no charge for entry. If you’d like to encounter some native flora as well as fauna, you could then wander through the Botanic Gardens which are located right next to the zoo.

Heritage village and cultural centre

Just 15 minutes drive north of the city are both of these fantastic historical and educational attractions. The Rockhampton Heritage Village boasts 20 or so restored buildings from between 1850 and 1950, while the Dreamtime Cultural Centre showcases Aboriginal heritage, artwork, and culture.

Yeppoon

For a bit of beach time, make the drive 40 minutes east to Yeppoon. This coastal town is renowned for its stretches of sand, offshore islands, and the Capricorn Coast National Park. There are lots to see and do in this area, so plan to spend a while here.

Mount Archer National Park

This vast and verdant park is a must-see and is close enough to Rockhampton to offer spectacular views across the city. Pick up a car hire at Rockhampton Airport and get ready for an adventure like no other. Don’t miss out on the treetop boardwalk, and stretch your legs on the many other hiking tracks.

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Car rental Rockhampton Airport: Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to hire a car at Rockhampton Airport?

The daily rates vary widely according to a number of factors including the vehicle type and time of year. For cheap car hire deals from Rockhampton Airport in the off-season, you might expect to pay around AUD$40 per day and for a higher-end or larger rental vehicle, as much as AUD$400+ per day. However, be reminded that the best car hire deals don't depend only on the prices.

Which car hire companies in Rockhampton have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies because of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Most Rockhampton Airport car rental providers have followed the government-issued standards of cleanliness and health for their cars, branch premises, and staff.

Which car hire agencies are at Rockhampton Airport (ROK)?

Car hire companies onsite at Rockhampton Airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, National, and Thrifty. Choose from the many hire car deals offered by these trusted suppliers and get the most out of your holiday in Rockhampton.

What is the highest-rated rental car in Rockhampton Airport (ROK)?

The Hyundai Accent, Toyota Corolla, and similar five-seater vehicles are among the highest-rated rental car types at Rockhampton Airport based on customer reviews.

Which is the highest-rated car hire supplier at Rockhampton Airport (ROK)?

Thrifty received top ratings from our customers who booked a car hire at Rockhampton Airport.

Where do I return my rental car at Rockhampton Airport (ROK)?

Return car parks at Rockhampton Airport are located right next to the terminal. Usually, the vehicle must be returned to the same rental car park where it is picked up. Follow the return date specified on your rental agreement to avoid penalties.

Where is the closest petrol station to Rockhampton Airport (ROK)?

There are several petrol stations near the airport, including Caltex station located at 58 William Street. This petrol station is open 24 hours.

Do you offer vehicle delivery?

Many hire car Rockhampton Airport suppliers offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their depot. Each listing specifies whether or not vehicle delivery is an option.

How old do I have to be to rent a vehicle?

The minimum age to hire cars at Rockhampton Airport is 21. A young driver surcharge may apply to anyone under the age of 25. 

What driver’s licence do I need to hire a vehicle?

To drive a Rockhampton car hire, you must have a current, full, and valid drivers licence that has been held for a minimum of 12 consecutive months. If the licence is not in English, an International Drivers Licence is required.

Can I do a one-way hire?

Yes, you may pick up a vehicle in the car rental bay close to the Rockhampton Airport terminal building, and drop it off at a different location in Australia. Kick-off your adventure in Rockhampton and return the rental car in Maroochydore or Gladstone. A car hire trip to the Sunshine Coast is also possible. Specify your preferred start and finish locations when searching to see the available vehicles from available car hire Rockhampton companies. Please note that one-way rental booking usually incurs additional fees.

Can I return a car before or after business hours?

Generally, your hire car can only be picked up and returned during the branch’s office hours. Some Rockhampton Airport car hire suppliers may have after-hours drop-off procedures, so check this out before booking. Inform us immediately of any unexpected delays on your pick-up or drop-off date.